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A donkey tells how he reluctantly played a part in Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday, in a sweet and poignant tale that will help the youngest readers come to understand the true spirit of the Easter season.
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John Winch is a fine artist, collagist, and author. He has illustrated many books for young readers, including Old Crump, by Laurie Lawlor, and Where Do You Sleep, Little One?, by Patricia Hooper, as well as The Old Woman Who Loved to Read and Keeping Up with Grandma, which he also wrote. He sketched out this book during Holy Week while listening to J. S. Bach's Passions, and based the style and colour of the illustrations on Renaissance frescoes. He lives with his wife in Australia.From School Library Journal:
reschool-Grade 3--This sweetly imagined story centers on the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Now old and retired in a grassy field, he looks back years later, remembering his fear and sorrow at being dragged through the city and out to an olive grove on that fateful spring day. But once he feels Jesus's soothing touch and hears His calm voice, the colt bears Him joyfully and prances over the cloaks and palm branches strewn along the path as the crowd greets their king with song and dance. Loving Jesus at once, the animal longs to shelter and protect Him, to take Him home, and introduce Him to the creatures in his pasture. Although the donkey never sees Him again, he believes that Jesus will return to him. Then he will prepare a soft bed for Him, enthrone Him on the hillside, and crown Him with stars. Recognition of Jesus as the long-awaited messiah, the hope of the Second Coming, and the importance of love and peace are theological ideas skillfully woven into the poetic text, which is both simple and moving in its language and images. Bold, realistic, expressive double-page impasto acrylic illustrations, inspired by Renaissance frescoes, delineate every hair, blade of grass, and wisp of straw in intricate detail. Interesting angles and perspectives also add to the drama of the artwork. An introductory author's note relates the background of the reasons for the triumphal procession, as told in Old Testament prophesies.
Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
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Book Description Holiday House, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11082341695X
Book Description Holiday House, 2002. Condition: New. John Winch (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M082341695X